Memo To:   All Buffalo Teachers
From:         Philip Rumore, President, BTF
Date:          November 8, 2019

Subject:     Updates/Concerns

Negotiations Update
As per the Executive Committee and Council of Delegates briefing, the BTF has filed for impasse in our negotiations, thereby seeking the assistance of the Public Relations Employee Board. A copy of the relevant sections are attached. (Impasse - Click Here)

We have also filed a second Improper Practice charge against the District – relevant sections attached. (2nd I.P. - Click Here)

Resolution – Unacceptable School Safety and Learning Conditions Passed Unanimously by the Executive Committee and Council of Delegates (Document I - Click Here)
We must no longer refer to “suspensions” but the designation should be “suspensions/District interventions” thereby making it clear that it is the responsibility of the District to ensure that District provided interventions are required whenever a student is suspended.

Survey – Unacceptable School Safety and Learning Conditions
It is only November and we are hearing of serious school safety and school learning condition concerns.

Please complete the School Safety and School Learning Conditions Survey that was emailed to you on November 7, 2019. You can also access the survey by Clicking Here.

Yes, it will take time in addition to all the other, all too often, meaningless tasks you have to perform; however, we need to detail and make known the real issues interfering with our students learning conditions.

We will be issuing follow-ups through-out the year.

Special Education Survey
More and more issues are being raised to students not receiving the special education services they need and are entitled to receive under the law.

Please email us of any lack of services that a referred or currently identified student is not receiving, e.g. student awaiting placement for an excessive period of time, student not receiving requiring additional services (healthcare aide, etc.), required by their IEP.

Please send any such concerns to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Be assured we will act on their behalf. Teachers are encouraged to email us special education issues/concerns as they arise throughout the year.

Teacher Personnel Files 
Under the Contract:
XVI. F. pg. 34   
No derogatory letters or reports shall be placed in a teachers file without the teacher’s knowledge and an opportunity to make a written statement of defense to be attached to the derogatory statement.
XIII. D. pg. 29 
Teachers shall have the right, upon request, to review the contents of their official personnel file, except confidential information supplied at the request of the Administration for the purpose of obtaining employment or promotion.
Also, as per an arbitration decision:
  • Teachers also have a right to see what is in their building file, with reasonable notice, to the administrator.
  • If a document is placed in either the teachers district personnel file or the school file without their being notified, it must be removed.


Replying to BTF Emails
The email address that BTF emails come from (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) is for outgoing emails only. Please do not attempt to respond (Reply) to email messages as it is not monitored for responses.

If you have any question or concerns, please contact the BTF at (716) 881-5400.